Summary: First let me tell you that this passage is addressed to people that have an aspiration to go to heaven but because of personal issues will not make it. This is not an advice to unbelievers but rather a strong warning to us Christians and Church going peop
You are in a journey with Jesus Christ but there's always some choices we can make. There is a gate at the end of this journey. Jesus said that the road is not easy to follow and we will be tempted to take other roads.
Matthew 7:13 (NLT)
You can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way
But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.
Today's message is intended to give you directions to the gate of life and a warning about the wrong roads you may be tempted to follow.
6 And he said to me , “It is done ! I am the Alpha and the Omega , the beginning and the end . To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment .
7 The one who conquers will have this heritage and I will be his God and he will be my son .
8 But as for the cowardly , the faithless , the detestable , as for murderers , the sexually immoral , sorcerers , idolaters , and all liars , their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur , which is the second death .”
This passage of scripture from the book of Revelation gives us the goods news first and then the bad news. The good news is that God is a spring to the thirsty and that there is a tremendous heritage. The second part of the verse is not very pleasant however it is written for our own good. There is a growing number of Christians that say that hell doesn't exist and that God will not punish anyone because he is a loving God. I like to listen to everyones opinions but long time ago when I was born again I decided to put aside my ideas and the things I've learned from the world around me and asked God to teach me to walk in His ways. Let me tell you that the Bible is the Supreme authority concerning everything that pertains to life, eternity and is the Spiritual truth that can set us free.
The reason people don’t want the preacher to preach about hell is because it makes them think of death. We don’t like to think about cancer, but it is real. We don’t like to think about heart disease, but it is a reality. We don’t like to think of death but it happens. So Jesus has provided a way that we can live an eternity in heaven after this life. But unfortunately, there are eight people in Sandy Ridge who ignore and reject the way Jesus has provided. Let’s take a look at those eight people.
First let me tell you that this passage is addressed to people that have an aspiration to go to heaven but because of personal issues will not make it. This is not an advice to unbelievers but rather a strong warning to us Christians and Church going people.
1. THE COWARDLY
Cowards head the list of the eight people who will not make it to heaven. These are the people who don't have the courage to stand for Jesus in their workplace, their school, their family, etc. They are fearful that others may call them a fanatic, a Bible thumper and a Christian. But you listen; Jesus suffered the name calling for you and me and never had a second thought. He loved you and gave His life for you. What are you willing to give for the Lord? Will you cowardly hide your faith because you are afraid of loosing some friends?
2. THE FAITHLESS
Now I am not only talking about those who do not believe the Bible but also those who have never committed their life to Jesus. A faithless person is one that doesn't make use of their faith and eventually they loose it. Faith is the substance of things we hope for and the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).
A faithless person is always negative and constantly questioning and doubting things and other people. Do you have faith? Show me your faith by your works!
3. THE DETESTABLE
Now what does that word mean? Those who live only for the lust of the flesh and their own selfish desires. The greek word here means "those that stink". Do you know any "stinky people"? It's a category of people that like to make life miserable for themselves and for others around them.
You might say that leaves me out because I have never killed anyone. But you know Jesus said if you hate a man in your heart, then you have committed murder in your heart. Jesus was talking about inward murder, that you hate someone enough that you would like to see them dead. God is love and he wants us to be forgiving. When Jesus was being killed at the Cross he said "Father forgive them for they don't know what they are doing!" Do you know if the soldiers that killed Christ are in hell? I personally believe that some if not all where saved just because of that simple prayer... There is hope for the murderer but if you say you love your brother and you show attitudes of hate you fall into this category.